New Commute

on the road at an intersection, buildings in the background
I just recently moved to a new apartment. There was about a week where I didn’t do any riding at all because I was busy packing and getting things ready for the move.

The new place has less space than our previous small apartment, which means that we have to rethink where to put things. We’ve already tried two bicycle racks that didn’t work with the space* and will try a third.

Things are slowly settling down, but there’s still a lot of work yet to do. The one thing I’m already enjoying is the commute. What was once a 50-minute bike ride to work is now a 10-minute ride. Not too shabby.

*If anyone in the area wants a 2-bike indoor rack, please get in touch with me. (12/1: The rack has been sold. Thanks!)

Fall Ride

Heading to the trail.


Sometimes it’s just nice to take in the scenery and go on a leisurely bike ride with friends. After a weekend work-related conference, some of us got together with our bikes and rode the Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath. We passed by Washington Crossing, saw lots of ducks and geese and hawks, and admired the fall colors. We stopped at a coffee shop* in Lambertville before turning around and heading back. There was enough space for us to ride two-by-two and chat with each other, which was great.

After a rough work week, this was exactly what I needed to recharge and feel human again. Many, many thanks to LD for organizing the ride, and to my friends for being wonderful company.

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*9 miles. I got a hot apple cider. I’m not coffeeneuring, but this is the closest I’ll get to it.

Lull


I haven’t been in the mood for riding, and thus haven’t been in the mood for writing about riding. Oh, I’ve been doing the usual daily commute to the Metro, but aside from that one group ride, I haven’t really done much more.

One reason has been the 100F days– I had thought I could ride in hot weather, but that just might be my upper temperature limit for rides longer than my short commute. Another reason is the heartburn that I had developed from that group ride. I was a little concerned that it was something other than heartburn, since it lasted for many days after that. But after a night of no riding and eating a bunch of tomatoes, there was no doubt that that’s what it is. I’m taking Prilosec, and it seems to be helping.

That I have some long rides coming up that I should prepare for should give me some motivation. I hope to get moving next month.

Today’s Commute

Occasionally, I have to work on Saturdays. I don’t mind it most of the time. The commute is generally quieter, so I find I enjoy riding in more.

Some thoughts that crossed my mind as I rode into work:

-It took me 56 minutes from door to door today. So I hate to say it, but I think it’s the bike.
-I’m thinking of ditching my dual-sided clipless pedals on my commuter bike. I find it annoying to be constantly clipping and unclipping at the numerous traffic lights.
-I’m really loving my Arkel Switchback. In addition to my usual haul that I had described in my previous post, I’ve discovered that I can carry a set of work clothes as well. However, my lunch bag doesn’t quite fit as comfortably, so I need to work around that.
-My new (to me) route that I take to work is more enjoyable. It’s fairly calm, even on weekdays, and only moderately hilly. It’s not as direct as the route I usually take, but I think it’s worth it. I’m not as sweaty and tired as I usually am.
-I am going to hit 1000 miles for the year this evening. That’s 4 months earlier than last year. wow.

Hope you’re having a great day. It’s really nice outside here.

The Biking Thing

My first bike as an adult- a Huffy I got from an ex’s mother.


Ten years ago, I did not bike to work. I drove. Even though I lived 3 miles from work.

At the time, it made perfect sense to me. It took me about 10-15 minutes to get to work by car. By my usual mode of transportation, public transit, there was no direct route to work from where I was living, and it would have taken me 30-45 minutes. Driving was the most efficient way for me to get to work.
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